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Riyaaz Qawwali


Riyaaz Qawwali

Centuries-old Sufi music with driving rhythms, sinuous melodies and ecstatic vocals.


Spaulding Auditorium


“Making … centuries-old music relevant to today’s audiences … joyous, ecstatic.” NPR

This Texas-based ensemble introduces new listeners to the glorious 700+ year-old Sufi music tradition of qawwali. With driving rhythms, sinuous melodies and poems of love and longing in multiple languages, Riyaaz Qawwali offers a universal message of oneness and celebrates the diversity of Southern Asia. Representing many faiths and national ancestries, its eight members weave beguilingly ornamented vocals with a lush soundscape of harmonium, dholak, tabla, violin, tambourine and cajon for a transcendent musical experience.

Post-performance discussion with the artists

Funded in part by the Wetzel Family Fund for the Arts.

Programmed in collaboration with Dartmouth’s MLK Jr. Celebration dartmouth.edu/~mlk/

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The Texas-based ensemble Riyaaz Qawwali celebrates modern South Asian culture while introducing new listeners a glorious, 700+ year-old music tradition on Friday, January 19, 2018, at 8 pm, in Spaulding Auditorium of the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College.

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1. By Amirah Islam
2 & 3. Courtesy of the artists